February 10, 2017
Bam: Education for youth is the best investment
Education for the youth is the best investment our government can make.
Sen. Bam Aquino issued the pronouncement after several government agencies opposed the measure that seeks to provide free tuition fee in all SUCs.
The senator affirmed the government's commitment to provide free tuition in state colleges and universities, saying "If we have the money, why not invest in the future of our youth?"
"The Senate has chosen this as one of its main priority measures in the 17th Congress," said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Committee on Education.
"Too many students fail to graduate college because of financial problems. Suportahan natin ang mga estudyante na makapagtapos. Let's give them a chance at a better life through education," added Sen. Bam.
"If we're willing to spend over P15 billion to host the ASEAN anniversary this year, why shouldn't we spend roughly the same amount to make tuition free for our students in SUCs?" the senator pointed out.
Sen. Bam is the principal sponsor of Senate Bill No. 1304 or the "Free Higher Education for All Act", which is currently being tackled in the plenary.
Sen. Bam's Senate Bill No. 177 was consolidated in Senate Bill No. 1304 together with other similar measures, which seek to provide free tuition fee to all students in SUCs.
Aside from the Pagkaing Pinoy Bill, the Free Higher Education for All has received the most support in the 17th Congress.
Along with Sen. Bam Aquino, other authors of the measure are Sens. Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian, Francis Pangilinan, Sonny Angara, Loren Legarda, Leila de Lima, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Richard Gordon.
Sens. Recto, Ejercito, Angara, Legarda, Villanueva, Gatchalian and Zubiri co-sponsored the measure.
Providing free tuition fee in SUCs is only one of many reforms Sen. Bam is pushing in the field of education.
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